Health on Trek
No inoculations are legally required as such. However, we recommend shots against Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Polio & Hepatitis. Please also check on your polio immunization. Please consult your doctor well in advance of departure as some jabs require 3 doses over a period of 3-6 weeks. And carry certificates as proof of immunizations, should they be required.
Malaria is present throughout India, especially in the more heavily populated plains. Anti-malaria courses in tablet form are advised during the warmer period (February – May).
Health on trek
Blistered feet, coughs, colds and minor stomach upsets are the most common troubles on a trek. If your feet feel sore, sit down at once and apply a moleskin or fabric elastoplast. Do not delay or a blister will form and cripple you for days. We cannot emphasis too strongly the need for comfortable well-fitting training type shoes on low altitude treks and well-broken in boots for those higher altitude treks. Look after your feet!
Sore throats must be guarded against since they are common and can often lead to long-lasting colds and coughs. Ensure that you keep warm especially in the evenings and early mornings.
Stomach troubles do occur while trekking and water is the usual culprit – you need to drink plenty of fluids on your trek. However clean and clear a mountain stream looks assume that all running water is contaminated and is in need of being treated. Bring a supply of purification tablets or iodine crystal solution as an extra precaution if you like. Given sufficient time these will sterilize possibly-contaminated water. To make it more palatable orange-flavoured tablets such as Redoxon (available from chemists) are a good idea.